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Compensation & Benefits

DOL rule narrows ‘joint employer’ status

A new Department of Labor rule tightens the definition of what constitutes a joint employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act, making it less likely that more than one entity can be held liable for the same federal wage-and-hour violations.

The new overtime rules: 6-point checklist to start complying now!

Are you fully compliant with the new overtime rules that went into effect Jan. 1? Follow this checklist to ensure you are.

What you missed when we were away

Although we took a vacation from writing for the last couple of weeks, we were diligently gathering stuff to write about. And that’s no joke. So, here’s the rundown.

Snapshot: 43% of households include someone with a preexisting condition

Many of those covered by your health benefits “have a long-term medical condition, illness or disease that would be considered a preexisting condition by a health insurance company.”

High-deductible health plans continue to grow

High-deductible consumer-directed health plans continue to grow in popularity, according to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

U-Haul’s new rule: Nicotine users need not apply

In a move designed to promote employee wellness and cut health insurance costs, truck rental company U-Haul said it will no longer hire nicotine users in 21 states that allow such policies, effective Feb. 1.

Short-term incentives universal in private sector

Fully 99% of private employers offer some kind of short-term incentive to reward employee performance, according to new research by WorldatWork.

25% put off medical care because of cost fears

The 25% delay rate is the highest ever recorded by the Gallup polling organization, and an increase over the 19% recorded in 2018.

Flu season is here! FMLA, ADA and objections to vaccines

Influenza season is well underway, and there is every indication that the flu bug will bite lots of workers this winter. Many will need time off to recover. That raises two important questions: Is that leave protected by the FMLA? Can employees lawfully refuse to get flu shots?

Coping with New York state’s new employment laws

As we enter 2020, employers should review their policies and handbooks to make sure they take into account new laws recently enacted or about to go into effect. In particular, new rules make it easier for employees to file and win lawsuits.